UT's paltry perimeter

All fall I watched Casey Clausen try to carry the Vol football team with virtually no help. The running backs made very little yardage on their own, the receivers rarely made anything happen after the catch and the tight ends combined to make one reception all season.

Now I'm watching Scooter McFadgon try to carry the Vol basketball team in much the same fashion. Despite a protective glove on his injured shooting hand, he finished with a team-high 20 points in last night's loss at Mississippi State. The rest of UT's perimeter players scored 18 points COMBINED -- C.J. Watson (12), Stanley Asumnu (4), Dane Bradshaw (2), John Winchester (0) and Justin Albrecht (0).

McFadgon was 6 of 13 from the floor. The other perimeter players combined to go 5 for 19. Scooter went 2 of 4 from 3-point range. The other perimeter players combined to go 0 for 9.

When they weren't missing shots, Tennessee's perimeter players were losing the ball in one way or another. Watson (6), Winchester (3), Bradshaw (3) and Asumnu (1) combined for 13 of UT's 21 turnovers.

The paltry production from Tennessee's perimeter players could be forgiven if they were working the ball inside to 6-foot-10 Brandon Crump, but that wasn't the case. Crump managed just six shot attempts vs. MSU, making three.

Until the Vols get some perimeter scoring from someone other than Scooter, opponents are going to continue smothering Crump on the inside and leaving McFadgon to win games by himself. That's a lot to expect of one guy.

Just ask Casey Clausen.

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